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Archive for Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Area Briefs

November 12, 2002

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Missing car wrecked

Douglas County SheriffâÂÂs deputies recovered a car that had crashed into a rural bridge shortly after it was taken Monday from a Lawrence home.

Deputies found the car, a 1998 Dodge Neon, around 7 a.m. crashed into a bridge railing about a quarter-mile south of North 1700 Road on East 1150 Road.

It was traced to a 22-year-old Lawrence woman who lives in the 3400 block of Sweet Grass Court. The woman said she didnâÂÂt know her car was missing, and she also discovered that her purse and a laptop computer valued at $1,500 had been taken. Sgt. Mike Pattrick said police had no suspects in the incidents.

Crowbar threat leads to suspectâÂÂs arrest

A 29-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man was arrested this weekend for allegedly threatening a police officer with a crowbar.

Police were called to Bada Bing, 913 N. Third St., about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick said. Three men were fighting in the parking lot.

One of the men held a metal crowbar âÂÂin a threatening manner,â Pattrick said. A police officer ordered the man to drop the crowbar. When he didnâÂÂt, the officer drew his gun, and the man dropped the crowbar.

The suspect ran inside Bada Bing and then fled in a car. Police arrested him at the East Lawrence turnpike entrance.

He was held Monday at the Douglas County Jail pending charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.

Construction worker injured in fall

A 36-year-old construction worker was injured Monday after falling down a Kansas River embankment east of Lawrence.

About 11:30 a.m. John M. Benoit, Valley Falls, was preparing to dump concrete chunks onto the south bank of the river in the 1600 section of North 1500 Road, said Lt. Kathy Tate of the Douglas County SheriffâÂÂs Department.

BenoitâÂÂs company, Bowen Ditching Service of Lawrence, has a contract with the state to help control erosion in the area by reinforcing the riverbank.

The tailgate on BenoitâÂÂs truck broke off, and he exited his truck to find the tailgate. He lost his footing and fell about 20 feet down the embankment.

Benoit was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition Monday night.

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